Onstage: Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical

Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Story is a show about Clooney, a Kentucky and Cincinnati singer who had a memorable career as a performer the 1940s and ’50s.

Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman are the creative team behind Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Story, opening this week at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Their hometown of Cincinnati will see a work by this pair with a show about Clooney, a Kentucky and Cincinnati singer who had a memorable career as a performer the 1940s and ’50s.   


Blake Robison, the Cincinnati Playhouse’s artistic director, approached them about including it in the 2014-2015 season.

Partnering with Robison, Vogt and Friedman have expanded the show to two acts, featuring 16 of Clooney’s best-known songs by the likes of Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael and others — including a new number by Vogt and Friedman.

It’s performed by two actors: Susan Haefner portrays Clooney; Michael Marotta is the therapist who counseled her in the late 1960s when she checked into a rehab facility. Their conversations range across her life, and Marotta briefly plays people pivotal in her life.


Through Jan. 11. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com.

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